Wine bar and bistro Chais Delachaise
is now open on Maple Street.
The offshoot of the popular St. Charles Avenue wine haunt opened quietly last week for dinner service. The new spot takes over the space formally home to The Sammich (7708 Maple St., 504-510-4509), which closed late last year.
Owner Evan Hayes says the menu at the new restaurant will be “just as flavorful but not as rich,” as the dishes at his flagship Delachaise. Because the bistro will eventually add lunch service, there likely will be more salads and lighter options including plenty of seafood dishes, such as ceviches and sashimi-style preparations, Hayes says.
Executive chef Daniel Volponi (formally of Ursa Major) is overseeing the kitchen, turning out an eclectic menu of international-inspired dishes including Malaysian beef rendang, Dutch-inspired
bitterballen (meat croquettes), octopus escabeche and Mediterranean-style lamb sliders topped with harissa. In keeping with the wine bar vibe, Chais Delachaise also will feature a wide selection of mix-and-match cheese and charcuterie selections.
The restaurant is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 3 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit the restaurant's website here.
Banh mi and bubble tea shop Mr. Bubbles Cafe
is now open inside the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (1441 Canal Street). The spot, which opened last Friday, is the second location from the owners of Mr. Bubbles Sandwich House, inside Gretna’s massive Hong Kong Asian Supermarket.
Vietnamese-born owners Canh and Nam Nguyen opened their West Bank flagship in 2012. The menu is almost identical to the Gretna shop, featuring a selection of banh mi sandwiches, iced boba fruit and milk teas and frozen fruit smoothies. There’s also a variety of tofu-filled spring rolls and an array of fresh baked Dong Phuong bread loaves, almond buns and spongy milk bread for sale.
Mr. Bubbles Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information, visit the shop’s website here.